Hear individuals sharing their own experiences of caring for a person with dementia alongside professionals giving a range of practical advice talks.

As well as talks from carers and persons with dementia, you will hear expert presentations on a range of topics including nutrition, personal budgets, paying for care, Mental Capacity Act and research.

View the 2017 programme below

10.40 – 11.10Improving hospital care for people with dementia. Hear the findings of Alzheimer’s Society’s research into people with dementia’s experiences in hospital and the emerging best practice about what can be done to improve care.Andrew Boaden, Senior Policy Officer, Alzheimer's Society
11.20 – 11.50Mental Capacity Act - A Surgery. This is an open forum to discuss key aspects of the Mental Capacity Act in dementia care, including applying the principles of the MCA, obtaining consent, DoLS (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards) and lasting Powers of Attorney.Dr James Warner, Chair, Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry, Royal College of Psychiatrists and Medical Director, Red & Yellow Care
12.00 – 12.40A Conversation About What Enables Well-Being For People Living With Young-Onset Dementia. We will have a discussion with people who have been diagnosed with dementia under the age of 65 who are part of the DEEP (Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project)and Young Dementia Network. We will be sharing experiences about living as well as possible with dementia.Members of the DEEP & Young Dementia Network living with dementia in conversation with Rachel Niblock (DEEP Coordinator)
12.45 – 13.15Friends Against Scams. Scams affect the lives of millions across the UK. Friends Against Scams has been created to tackle the lack of scams awareness by providing information about scams and those who fall victim to them, empowering communities to ‘Take A Stand Against Scams’.Frances Wilson, Project Officer,
13.30 – 13.50Making the most of later life. Alison Carter lost her dad to vascular dementia in late 2016. After her dad’s diagnosis, Alison was determined to do all she could to help, and set up a local support service for people affected by dementia. She hopes to raise much-needed awareness about the condition.Alison Carter, Alzheimer’s Research UK Champion
14.00 – 14.30Dementia KEYS Programme. Dementia can be bewildering for everyone involved and information sharing can often help along the journey. SweetTree we be introducing a new initiative of learning about Dementia for informal carers – The Dementia KEYS programme – Knowledge, Experience and You.Nicki Bones, Director of Operations, SweetTree Home Care Services
14.40 – 15.00 Keeping Mum: Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s. Marianne Talbot lost both her parents to dementia – her mum to Alzheimer’s and her dad to vascular dementia. Marianne’s mum lived with her for five years until she had to move into a care home six months before her death. Marianne's book ‘Keeping Mum: Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s’ was based on a popular blog she wrote during the years her mum lived with her.Marianne Talbot, Alzheimer’s Research UK Champion
15.10 – 15.40Eating difficulties and dementia - practical approaches. Links between nutrition and dementia are known to pre-date diagnosis, and as the disease progresses, eating difficulties can make eating enough a challenge for both the person with dementia and their carers. Alison Smith, Prescribing Support Dietitian, Aylesbury Vale CCG and Chiltern CCG and Committee member, British Dietetic Association Older People Specialist Group
15.50 – 16.20Thinking differently about dementia training: enabling people living with dementia to retain a sense of adventure in their lives. Positive Risk Taking - an introduction to Dementia Adventure's training, research and consultancy support for professionals that enables people living with dementia to get outdoors, connect with nature, themselves and their communities, retaining a sense of adventure in their lives.Simon Thorp, Head of Business Development & Innovation, Dementia Adventure
10.40 – 11.10 Which Care Home? For many people, having to make the difficult heartfelt decision of placing a loved one with Dementia into a care facility can be fraught with questions. Join me, Iain Slack, General Manager of the Arbory Care Home as we examine the question, “Things to consider when choosing a Care Home”Iain Slack, General Manager of the Arbory Care Home
11.15 – 11.45Living with rarer dementias. This session will briefly explore some of the issues encountered by families living with the effects of rarer dementias including familial Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal dementias. Advice will be given about services and support that could be helpful for people diagnosed with these conditions, and their families. Hilda Hayo, Chief Admiral Nurse/CEO, Dementia UK
11.50 – 12.20The experiences of young people who have a parent with dementia. Our study looked at the perceptions and experiences of 22 children and young people who have/had a parent with Young Onset Dementia. In this session we share their stories.Professor Pat Sikes, Project Director, University of Sheffield and Dr Mel Hall, Research Associate, University of Sheffield
12.25 - 12.45My dad's journey with early-onset Alzheimer's. Ciana Ayre’s dad was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s, aged 46. She cared for him for many years, along with her mum and sister, before they made the heart-breaking decision to move him to a nursing home. He tragically passed away when Ciana was just 18.Ciana Ayre, Alzheimer’s Research UK Champion
13.30 – 14.00Help Beat Dementia. Only research will enhance our understanding of Dementia and help us find and develop better, more effective treatments. Join Dementia Research is an innovative service that matches people with dementia, their families and carers with research taking place across the UK. Be part of helping to prevent and treat dementia - Join Dementia Research today. Burns, Join Dementia Research Programme Manager
14.10 – 14.40Who are the CQC and what do we do? An Inspection Manager from the CQC will explain the role CQC plays in ensuring that health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high quality care, and encouraging services to improve.Duncan Paterson, Inspection Manager, Care Quality Commission
14.50 – 15.20What to do when a loved one needs help. How to encourage a person with dementia to accept they need help and support, either from friends and family, or from external home care agencies, or even to consider the prospect of a care home. Helpful strategies for having that initial difficult conversation and how to put steps into place to make sure the person receives the care they need.Christina Macdonald, Author, Founder of Dementia Help and Alzheimer’s Show’s Online Editor
15.30 – 16.00Frequently Asked Legal Questions. Pathways Through Dementia is a charity set up with the aim of supporting people as they navigate legal and financial issues, for example paying for care, engaging with the Court of Protection, and welfare benefits. This talk addresses the most common queries to the legal helpline the charity runs.Sara Wilcox, CEO, Pathways Through Dementia